1st Edition

Equine-Assisted Mental Health for Healing Trauma

Edited By Kay Sudekum Trotter, Jennifer N. Baggerly Copyright 2019
    226 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Clinicians have long recognized that trauma therapy provides a pathway to recovery, and Equine-Assisted Mental Health for Healing Trauma provides that pathway for those who work with horses and clients together. This book demonstrates a range of equine-assisted mental health approaches and step-by-step strategies for facilitating recovery from trauma for children, adults, and families. Chapters address topics such as chronic childhood trauma, accident-related trauma, complex trauma and dissociation, posttraumatic growth in combat veterans, somatic experiencing and attachment, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), reactive attachment disorder (RAD), relational trauma, and sexual trauma. Experts also provide case studies accompanied by transcript analyses to demonstrate the process of trauma healing. Clinicians will come away from the book with a wealth of theoretical and practical skills and an in-depth, trauma-informed understanding that they can use directly in their work with clients.

    Section One: Trauma Originating in Childhood 1. Integrating Somatic Experiencing® and Attachment into Equine-Assisted Trauma Recovery Sarah Schlote 2. Treating Structural Dissociation Through Equine-Assisted Trauma Therapy: Working with the Parts System Sarah Schlote and Ilka Parent 3. Increasing Tolerance for Calm in Clients with Complex Trauma and Dissociation Sarah Jenkins 4. Natural Lifemanship’s Trauma-Focused EAP for Reactive Attachment Disorder Bettina Shultz-Jobe, Kate Naylor, and Tim Jobe 5. Working with Relational Trauma: Limbic Restructuring through Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Philippa Williams 6. Equine-Assisted Group Therapy for Adolescent Sexual Trauma Survivors: Development, Implementation, and Outcomes Kirby L. Wycoff and Virginia Murphy 7. Experiential Equine-Assisted Focal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Addressing Personality and Attachment in Clients with Chronic Childhood Trauma Géza Kovács Section Two: Trauma Occurring during Adulthood 8. Equine-Assisted Therapy for Trauma – Accidents Nina Ekholm Fry 9. Families and Trauma Rebecca F. Bailey and Elizabeth Bailey 10. Natural Lifemanship’s Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP): Equine-Connected Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EC-EMDR) Bettina Shultz-Jobe, Kathleen Choe and Tim Jobe 11. Warrior PATHH: Integrated Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Growth in Combat Veterans Rob Pliskin 12. Treating Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder through Psychodynamic Equine-Assisted Traumatherapy Ilka Parent Appendix 1. General Trauma-Informed Therapy Trainings Appendix 2. Trauma-Informed Equine-Assisted Mental Health Trainings


    Kay Sudekum Trotter, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC, CEIP-MH, is a licensed professional counselor supervisor, author, speaker, and consultant, as well as the founder of Kaleidoscope Behavioral Health in Flower Mound, Texas, where she has developed and taught animal-assisted therapy workshops. Dr. Trotter’s groundbreaking research led to one of the first published studies on the effectiveness of equine-assisted mental health. She is the author of Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice.

    Jennifer N. Baggerly, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, is a professor of counseling at University of North Texas at Dallas, a licensed professional counselor supervisor, and a registered play therapist supervisor who also provides counseling at Kaleidoscope Behavioral Health. She is a former chair of the board for the Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Baggerly has taught and provided counseling for children for over 20 years. Her other books include Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment, Group Play Therapy: A Dynamic Approach, and Child-Centered Play Therapy Research: The Evidence Base for Effective Practice.

    "Kay Trotter and Jennifer Baggerly's Equine-Assisted Mental Health for Healing Trauma is a game changer. This book considerably increases the level of conversation around including equines in the treatment of trauma and promotes a much higher level of competency for those interested in this area of practice. I applaud each of the contributing authors for their scholarship and commitment to excellence, and I recommend this book as an invaluable resource for professionals."

    Leif Hallberg, MA, LPC, LCPC, researcher, psychotherapist, and author of The Clinical Practice of Equine-Assisted Therapy and The Equine-Assisted Therapy Workbook

    "This book is a much-needed resource for professionals who work with trauma survivors and incorporate equines into their therapy. Each chapter outlines the theoretical foundation of the model described and includes detailed examples of sessions that demonstrate working with equines. A variety of techniques are covered for both childhood trauma and adult trauma populations. Ethical issues of working with horses and excellent references are also presented."

    Ann C. Alden, MA, vice president, Horses and Humans Research Foundation; faculty member, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop, PATH International; director, Borderlands Center for Equine Assisted Services, Sonoita, Arizona